How to Apply
Applications for admission to the MSSE Program must be submitted electronically. To apply you have to:
- prepare all the required documents (see list here below);
- fill in the online application form with the required information;
- attach the required documents to your application form using the provided upload button;
- sign the form by writing your full name in the signature box;
- submit the form.
Applications for the 2020-21 intake are now closed for students who are nationals of non-EU countries.
Nationals of member countries of the EU can still apply free of charge until end September 2020 or, with additional administrative charges, by December 31, 2020.
Admission will be granted only to a limited number of students of superior ability. Applications received after the deadline may also be reviewed, but the applicants may be at a disadvantage in the priority for admission. For further details about the admission requirements, read the following section.
To be admitted to the MSSE program (Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, curriculum spaziale) an applicant must in general have received a degree representing the completion of an undergraduate course in science or engineering equivalent to one of those offered by the University of Pisa in the aerospace engineering field. He or she must, moreover, have attained such a scholastic record and present such recommendations as to indicate fitness to pursue, with distinction, advanced study and research.
Admission is open to all candidates in possession of a the relevant requirements. A yearly tuition fee, established on the basis of academic ability and financial circumstances of the student, is due.
The University establishes every year the maximum number of non-EU students that can be admitted in each educational program. Within this limit, admission is granted on a competitive basis to the candidates of superior ability in possession of the relevant requirements. A yearly tuition fee, established on the basis of academic ability and financial circumstances of the student, is due.
To be admitted to the MSSE program an applicant must have received an undergraduate degree in science or engineering approved by the Course Board. He or she must, moreover, have attained such a scholastic record and present such recommendations as to indicate fitness to pursue, with distinction, advanced study and research. International students from non-English-speaking countries are expected to read, write, and speak English and comprehend the spoken language. In addition, to be a candidate for an advanced degree, the student must have acquired the power of clear and forceful self-expression in both oral and written English.
Required and Optional Documents
All documents must be provided in electronic format; the preferred file format is pdf. Avoid image formats (tiff, gif, jpeg, png etc.): they might work or not! Also avoid using MS Word or similar word-processing native formats (use pdf printouts instead).
Required documents -must be included for your application to be valid:
- Official transcripts from each college or university you attended;
- Copy of your passport;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Statement of Purpose.
Optional documents – not mandatory; may be included to better support your application:
- Official transcripts of your optional English proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.);
- Official transcripts of your optional graduate proficiency tests (i.e., GRE);
- List of papers and/or other publications;
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic, research and/or work performance.
Statement of Purpose. In the “Statement of Purpose” document please provide a brief statement of your scientific and professional interests and objectives. Include a description of your past accomplishments that are not evident from the examination of other documents submitted. Report, if applicable, on any research in progress. The statement must be written by the applicant in English. It must not be written in another language and translated for the applicant by another person.
Transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required. Transcripts or records of all courses, seminars, and examinations, including grades, scores, grading scales, and conferrals of degrees, must be in English. If an English version is not available, you can provide a preliminary version in another language: however, the Admission Committee will retain the right to exclude such documents from consideration in evaluating your application. In any case, English translations will be required at a later stage for admitted students. All translations must be complete versions of the original records. An official transcript documenting the award of an undergraduate degree is required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.
List of Papers and Publications. Please list the full reference data of any publications, major papers, or theses authored or co-authored; if published provide citation. You may upload the entire document in pdf format (max 12 MB per file), or provide links or a URL where publications can be located.
English Proficiency Tests. Applicants whose first or native language is not English are invited to submit the results of a recognized test of English proficiency together with their application. These tests are given at centers throughout the world, on several dates each year. The test is not mandatory, but demonstrated good proficiency in English is a preferential criterion for student admission.
The University of Pisa recognizes scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS – TOEFL) and from the Cambridge Examinations and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Typically, successful applicants have a computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score better than 250, or a paper-based score better than 600. The overall IELTS band score should be at least 7.
It is strongly recommended that students who do not achieve a high score on these tests, or who have little opportunity to communicate in English, make arrangements for intensive work during the summer preceding their registration. International students found to be seriously deficient in their ability to communicate in English must take special courses in English at the Centro Linguistico Interdipartimentale (Inter-Departmental Language Center) of the University of Pisa.
Graduate Proficiency Tests. The Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are recommended as part of the application for graduate admission. GRE tests are not mandatory, but appreciated. GRE tests are given at centers throughout the world on several dates each year. Testing schedules and information on the GRE may be obtained on the Internet at http://www.gre.org. You should submit scores as a Portable Document Format (pdf) file by electronic mail directly to the Application Office along with your application.